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Survival Tips from Earthquake

Earthquake Safety Tips HOW DO YOU SURVIVE AN EARTHQUAKE? By the controversial "Triangle of Life" theory or the Red Cross approved "Drop and Cover"? You decide! TRIANGLE OF LIFE VS. DROP AND COVER Controversial theory by Doug Copp, rescue "expert " which teaches that: Also called "Drop, Cover and Hold On!" or "Duck and Cover" this is considered the safest method of earthquake survival according to most experts, including the Red Cross and FEMA ..objects like sofas, beds, desks and other furniture get crushed or become compressed when a building or roof collapses. But next to them is a "void" (often in a triangular shape) which is a safe place in which to seek cover, ideally in the fetal position. Table Roof collapsed Object Triangle of life Safety Void area IN A MULTI-STORY BUILDING INDOORS Lay down in a fetal position next to a bed, sofa or large bulky object. Drop to the floor Cover Your head and neck Desk, table... Triangle of life Take cover under a sturdy desk or table Hold on to it firmly ON THE ROAD Pull your car to the side of the road. IN BED If you are in bed, hold on and stay there Do NOT stop under an overpass or something that can fall on your car. Protect your head with a pillow IN HIGH-RISE Drop, cover, and hold on. Avoid windows and other hazards Do not use elevators OUTSIDE If you are outside of the building then you should run away from the building into the middle ofjthe street. OUTDOORS Move to a clear area if you can safely do : Avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards Get near the outer walls of buildings or outside of them If possible THE BEST SAFEST PLACES AND THE DEADLIEST PLACE The places most people survive, according to the 'Triangle of Life Theory" DRIVING IE Best Safest EI Best Deadliest Pull over to the side of the road and set the parking brake Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over dE Outside in the middle of a field where nothing can fall on top of you. Outside in the middle of the street where falling glass can't reach you. Under an object that gets squashed (like a desk, car, bed) On the top floor of a wooden building On the top floor of a concrete building E In the space between 2 large objects (between twin beds, between 2 cars, between 2 rows of desks) If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire On stairs WHY RESCUERS AND EXPERTS RECOMMEND DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON Next to an office bank vault or stack of paper Next to a squashed vehicle 1 Trying to move during shaking puts you at risk In a doorway of a collapsed building At the foot of a bed LE In front of a sofa Next to a big bulky object like a piece of machinery, fridge, stove On the ground floor of any building (2 The greatest danger is from falling and flying objects 3 Building collapse is less of a danger Places that catch fire after collapsing *The ONLY exception to the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" rule Inside of an elevator Unreinforced mud-brick (adobe) building IE In the subterranean exterior perimeter of a building On a seismic resistant platform such as a boat You should try to move quickly outside to an open space On top of an object that gets squashed (like a bed or sofa) MOST DANGEROUS REGIONS OF EARTHQUAKE RISK Sources: Science.howstuffworks.com, National Geographic, Daretoprepare.org, Earthquakecountry.info, dropcoverholdon.org

Survival Tips from Earthquake

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Earthquake survival is one of the most difficult natural disasters to prepare for. The difficulty is in the fact that a tremor can happen anywhere and at anytime. This infographic shows the safety mea...

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